Hauraki Gulf event helps rare wildlife

Last updated 05:00 15/02/2013
The Dual

ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS: Half marathoners make their way out of Home Bay, Motutapu Island, during last year’s The Dual endurance event.

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An event that brings together beautiful scenery and endurance sport is set to be a cracker.

The Partner's Life DUAL is a trail-running or walking and mountain biking event that crosses the oldest and youngest land forms in the country and is staged on some of the most scenic landscapes in New Zealand, the Hauraki Gulf's Motutapu and Rangitoto islands.

More than 2000 people have signed up for the event. Most of those will be attempting 6km, 10km, 21km or 42km runs or walks, while 600 mountain bikers will take advantage of the only day of the year that they can ride on the island and enjoy a 30km or 50km adventure over Motutapu and Rangitoto islands.

For the first time an off-road triathlon as also been added.

This year a record number of international participants will be on the start line with visitors from Australia, Brazil, the United States, Qatar and Switzerland already entered.

For American Jansen Braaton, who is travelling with his sister, it was not only the uniqueness of The DUAL that appealed.

"I love the idea of going to an island to run a race and to see the scenic terrain of New Zealand," he says.

"But also, my sister and I enjoy being part of events that revolve around helping the environment and the growth of running."

The DUAL was developed in conjunction with the Motutapu Restoration Trust.

The trust will replant large sections of Motutapu in native trees over the next 20 to 30 years and the event has provided substantial funding for the fruiting forest which now supports many translocated endangered bird species.

With 16 takahe, Motutapu has the largest population of the endangered bird outside of Fiordland.

Coromandel brown kiwi, saddleback, shore plovers, whiteheads and native freshwater fish species are also well established.

EVENT SUMMARY

The Partner's Life DUAL Saturday, March 23, Home Bay, Motutapu Island, thedual.co.nz

Event options include:

■ 50km mountain bike

■ 30km mountain bike

■ Marathon run

■ Half marathon run or walk

■ 10km run or walk

■ 6km run or walk

■ Off-road triathlon (1km, 30km, 10km)

Entries for The DUAL event are still open. 

The Auckland City Harbour News is a media sponsor of The Partner's Life DUAL.

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